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Arizona Diamondbacks Notes, Quotes 2009-04-21


Arizona Diamondbacks Notes, Quotes 2009-04-21
--The D-backs are five games behind NL West-leading Los Angeles, further back in the division than they have been since the final day of the 2006 season. The D-backs led or were tied for the NL West lead from April 6 to Sept. 5 last year and never were more than 4 1/2 games behind. Their biggest deficit before winning the division in 2007 was 4 1/2 games. "At some point of the season you are going to go 4-8. We just did it to start off," manager Bob Melvin said.

--RHP Dan Haren is 0-3 with a 1.89 ERA after a 2-0 loss in San Francisco on Friday despite three quality starts. The D-backs have scored one run in the 19 innings he has been on the mound. Since 1983, the only other pitcher to start 0-3 with an ERA under 2.00 was Cubs RHP Juan Cruz, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

--RHP Yusmeiro Petit will make his second start of the season Tuesday against Colorado. He gave up three runs in five innings while filling in for RHP Brandon Webb against the Dodgers on April 10. The D-backs would not need a fifth again until April 28, by which time Webb is expected to return.

BY THE NUMBERS: 1 -- Runs the D-backs had scored in the 19 innings that RHP Dan Haren had been on the mound in his first three starts this season, all quality starts and all losses.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "When you don't swing the bat, you put a lot of pressure on your pitching staff to be perfect." -- Manager Bob Melvin.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 21, 2009

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